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Self-Guided Tour of Jordan House

  • 2001 Fuller Road | West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Presented By: West Des Moines Historical Society
  • Dates: June 26, 2020 - December 27, 2020
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday
  • Location: The Jordan House
  • Phone: (515) 225-1286
  • Start/End Time: 11:00 AM to 12:15 PM
  • Price: $5
  • Overview

    As of October 1, 2020, all visitors must pre-purchase a tour ticket. There are no walk up tour opportunities!

    Due to COVID-19, no more than 10 people will be able to tour at one time. There will be two 75 minute opportunities Friday and Sunday; from 11am-12:15pm and 1pm-2:15pm. This will give staff time to clean and sanitize handrails and other surfaces between tours.

    Following CDC recommendations, all visitors and tour guides will be required to wear masks when in the Jordan House. If you do not feel comfortable wearing a mask, we ask that you visit the museum when restrictions ease.

    For both tour opportunities Friday, 5 tickets will be available through online sale, and 5 will be reserved for walk-up visitors. All Sunday tours are ticketed events, and the ticket must be purchased by 5pm the Friday before the tour.

    The Jordan House, a stately Victorian home of Italianate Gothic design, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a member of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program. It is one of the oldest structures in Polk County and the oldest in West Des Moines. Built by one of West Des Moines’ first settlers, James C. Jordan, the house today serves both as a museum for West Des Moines and as the office of West Des Moines Historical Society. The sixteen period rooms serve as a fitting backdrop of displaying the many antique treasures gathered from the rich heritage of West Des Moines. Visitors will also be interested in both the Underground Railroad Exhibit and the many artifacts from the regular railroad which played an important role in the early years of West Des Moines.